I thinks it's horrible how people can just abandon pets, but I know it happens all the time. Our Vet said that it's not unusual to see people bring in strays they find, who have medical problems that perhaps the owners couldn't afford to treat, so they just dump them. I had two shepherd/chow mixes who had run off one day.....we lived in the country at the time....they had done this before, but always came back. Well, we were moving from Illinois to Texas in 5-days. They never came home before we left and I worried that they'd come back after we left and be abandoned. My ever so gracious ex-husband just said they were probably "coyote chow". Nice, huh?